"My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you've been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You're deeply rooted in him. You're well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you've been taught. School's out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving" (Colossians 2:6-7, The Message).
Paul tells us, in so many words, to "get with the program." He basically removes all of our excuses for living a life that is less that what Christ has secured for us, and shows us in the simplest of words that we already have what it takes to go the distance.
He says, "You're deeply rooted in him. You're well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith." The Amplified Bible reads this way, "the roots of your being are firmly and deeply planted in Him, and you are continually being built up in Him, thereby becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith."
Putting it simple and straightforward, Jesus has this thing all worked out from start to finish, and now your life is being lived out by faith in His faithfulness. Your roots go deep, so nothing can displace you. Your life is well-constructed, so nothing can dismantle you. And you know your way around in the Faith, so nothing can dismay you.
And in a day when so many are being displaced, dismantled and dismayed -- can you not see the opportunity that the Lord has set before you? Indeed, He has set you in the midst of a situation filled with those who need a drink from your well, and a slice of that thing called the Bread of Life (which you carry about with you).
Isn't it time you started feeding the multitudes?
(to be continued)